Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill is looking forward to a fruitful World Cup campaign with England next month, and has vowed to give everything for the Three Lions.
England head into the World with a very young squad, and Cahill is the only player in Southgate’s squad with more than 40 international appearances – and the average number of caps in the group is 19.5.
No England player in the squad has won a World Cup fixture, but Cahill is hoping the Three Lions overcome the past failing that has been associated with England and have a good tournament.
“In the time I have been with England, in the qualification and the friendlies, we have been fine, and then the tournament comes, which has proved to be difficult for whatever reason,” said Cahill.
“I’m just going there personally in such a positive frame of mind and no nerves, just excitement to go over there.
“I’m desperate for it to be a success and to try to make the nation proud – and to come back having had a good experience in a tournament, which is something I’ve missed in my career.”
He added: “We can’t harp on about the past. We’re looking to the future and we’re going into this tournament with a positive frame of mind.
“I think that’s the key for everybody – to go in with a more positive attitude and we’ll see how far we can go.”